Camp Slate – The As If Theory

Get thee to Slate.com right now and read the best definition, contemplation of “camp.”  If you’ve ever taken an art theory, media theory, cultural theory, or film theory class, you know to what I refer.  I never fully understood Susan Sontag’s “lamp”-not-lamp remark until reading Simon Doonan’s article.

The specific bit of Doonan’s brilliance pertains to:

In my opinion camp is simply a matter of doing things AS IF you are doing them. Diving into a swimming pool? Throw your arms heavenward and give it the full Greg Louganis/Esther Williams treatment. When you dive into a pool as if you are diving into a pool, as opposed to executing an earnest quotidian plop, the result is magical: That pool is transformed from a grody Band-Aid-strewn chlorine bath into a veritable LAGOON!

~!~ Now go read the rest of the article!

4 thoughts on “Camp Slate – The As If Theory

  1. jammer5

    I knew I was on to something when she stopped . . . “Halfway through, I could stand it no more. I turned to my dog Liberace and I screeched,”

    Did you ever watch Twin Peaks? Probably the height of camp, Hollywood TV style. Seriously enjoyed the article. Thanks.

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  2. Philippe

    Susan Sontag a dit: “…….the canon of Camp can change……….Time may enhance what seems simply dogged or lacking in fantasy now because we are too close to it…….”

    Certains films qui ont été pris au sérieux quand ils sont sortis, peuvent etre considéré comme “Camp” de nos jours. Par exemple “The Petrified Forest”, ou les spaghetti westerns de Sergeo Leone?

    Peut-être on peut dire que films des années 1940s et 1950s que on considère aujourd’hui comme “hokey”, sont “Camp”?

    D’autres exemples de “Camp”? Je suggère WWF Wrestling, et John Wayne dans “True Grit “.

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    1. sittingpugs Post author

      ou les spaghetti westerns de Sergeo Leone?

      Django!

      Peut-être on peut dire que films des années 1940s et 1950s que on considère aujourd’hui comme “hokey”, sont “Camp”?

      Ca depend, je suppose. “Timeless classics,” notwithstanding.

      “Je suggère WWF Wrestling, et John Wayne dans “True Grit “.

      Je suis en accord.

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